WTKA Roundtable 8/16/2018: What Does the U Stand For?

August 16, 2018

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Things discussed:

  • Ira agrees to let Brian choose his walk-in music
  • Maryland: Good for Jabrill for speaking; there's a code of silence in football that enables guys like Durkin
  • Lesson: always go to the media. Don't internal it. Don't spin it. Spill it, take care of it, and move on.
  • Are we the evil conference? Let's create a new conference that's just Wisconsin, Iowa (if they solve that Rhabdo), Northwestern
  • Roasting John U. Bacon
  • Previewing Notre Dame: Wimbush is a 50 percent thrower and Don Brown is going to have a way to screw with that. If you can't complete passes against Michigan it's over.
  • Michigan's worry: if Solomon and Dwumfour get pushed around
  • RPOs in the offense can protect your OTs—can't help on the inside though
  • Ole Miss was just 60th in sack rate despite similarly bad OL as Michigan by structuring their offense around it.
  • Michigan's offense: spread TE? Gentry had a ludicrous yards per target despite so many misses when he was open.
  • Patterson has a good timer; if he didn't he wouldn't be alive.
  • MSU/OSU schedule problem: hope but not until the next round, which is far in the future.
  • Slot fade solution: put Hill on the slot and draw in Ambry on 2nd and long, 3rd and long

 

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WTKA Roundtable 8/9/2018: Mayonnaise the Team

August 9, 2018

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Things discussed:

  • Is Jack Morris a Hall of Famer?
  • Heard back in the spring that Kekoa Crawford was leaving but Eddie McDoom leaving sucks a little. Oliver Martin and Nico Collins passed them last year, Grant Perry is performing well this fall, Martin is your guy after Perry.
  • McDoom misused: end-arounds were good but don’t throw him fades. We’ll miss the name the most.
  • OL problem last year wasn’t a Drevno and Frey problem; it was a Drevno and Pep problem. The worst line at picking up stunts Brian’s ever charted.
  • Michael Barrett to Viper: athletically it’s a good fit and it’s a spot that needs depth and a future, but he might outgrow the position if he gets up to 6-0/240. Currently he’s a clone of Khaleke Hudson. Barrett’s shuttle time was better.
  • Kelly-Powell and Brad Hawkins stepped up in spring, J’Marick Woods under pressure to hold his spot, Sam wants Woods moved to Viper.
  • Tackle: Runyan (via Warinner) is going to be one tackle.
  • Running back blocking: it’s about ID’ing the block not technique?
  • Offense coming to Shea or vice versa? Some of both: Ole Miss didn’t have a playbook, which made it hard to move the ball at all against decent defenses.
  • The thing about Shea: he can throw a fade. DPJ and Black can make that work.
  • Over 100 people showed up for the Urban Meyer rally, but the online Bucks sound a lot like them.
  • Last year’s coaching staff: was there some disutility? Yes.
  • What Brian meant was you can get HTTV at MGoBlogStore.com, UGP, the Bo Store, M-Den, Literati, and Nicola’s Books.

 

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WTKA Roundtable 8/2/2018: Why Are Our Rivals So Terrible?

August 3, 2018

What, are they gonna bang the rocks the wrong way?

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Things discussed:

  • Meyer: The guy in charge now isn’t the guy in charge before, but the guys in charge before
  • Perspective: the MSU thing is way worse, but not being Engler is a possible motivation to overreact.
  • How is it the biggest story out of media day is Jim Harbaugh? Only one guy in the national media is digging into Aaron Hernandez, all the arrests at Florida.
  • Craig tells the story how Lloyd suspended a star player for a big game on the whiff of a serious charge.
  • Impression of new OSU president is he’s a serious dude. 
  • Legal issue: Unless there’s a mandatory reporting there’s no legal issue. It’s completely an ethical issue.
  • Everybody knew. Everybody on the Ohio State beat knew.
  • What one ESPN guy is covering and nobody else seems to be: We’ve seen this pattern at Florida, where Urban “counsels” a violent person who’s useful to him and that’s the end of it until something else happens again.
  • Bringing back Reschke: The usual at MSU. The whole idea of letting players vote is a gross dereliction of responsibility. Jermaine Carter tweeted out that he wasn’t surprised because their entire offensive line talked the same way. Negative recruit away: If you wanna play with racists go to State!

 

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Not Just a Shooter 1.7: How to Draft Your Next Great Tank Commander

July 13, 2018

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It really shows that some franchises are well run and some just aren’t, and teams that are in the lottery are there for a reason.

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1. BIG MEN

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Five went in the first seven picks, though not necessarily in the order we would’ve taken them. Is there Tom Izzo shade? Of course.

2. B1G MEN

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We run down the draftees out of the Big Ten, including Los Angeles Lakers center and LeBron James’ teammate Moe Wagner. Is there Tom Izzo shade? Of course.

3. LUKA vs. TRAE

The biggest trade of the night inextricably ties the draft’s top two lead guards together. The guess here is that’s great news for Luka Doncic and Dallas and much less so for Trae Young and Atlanta.

4. WINNERS AND LOSERS

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The Mavs had a great haul even beyond Doncic. Michael Porter Jr. may be the ultimate boom/bust. As is the NBA norm, it’s better to be young and unproven than an experienced non-superstar.

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  • “Apollo’s Mood”—The Olympians
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoPodcast 9.28: Party On, Steve

July 9, 2018

He rolls outta bed and he's watching Mazi Smith. Also we're not doing phrasing anymore.

We are at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, our gracious hosts and yours this fall if you act fast enough.

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan there would be VERY long hiatuses between podcasts.

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1. There were many commits

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The state of the recruiting industry: ESPN has checked out so blowhards can still cash a check, Rivals is good when it's a top 150 guy going to their camp. Scout and 247 have merged. As a result we have a lot of complaints about the state of the recruiting industry.

The 2020 guys: Khalil Branham has a jugs machine with noodles. Chicago Warren: "man-child." Seldon is a Jermain Crowell defensive back.

2. Inside the Crooked Blue Line with Steve Lorenz, Offense

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A lot of this class looks like their rankings could go up. Rating over ranking. Elite11 is not as strong this year, Cade held. Charbonnet: Fournette Light, see you in the Top100. Eric Gray might have done too much. GJII: Michael Barrett disease. Erick All: if Iowa and Wisconsin like him we do too. Trente Jones: one of those Stanford-Michigan guys. Barnhart: Paw-Paw plays the Phil Paea schools.

3. Inside the Crooked Blue Line with Steve Lorenz, Defense

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Hinton can't get higher. Herron: maybe not moving up but had one of the best SPARQ scores. Ojabo: OSU and PSU, one of the best camp performances since Harbaugh came, pretty good quote. Newburg: Motor of Winovich, plug for Bill Greene (247 scout who does great scouting). Velasquez: 87 is the rating to annoy Michigan State fans, perfect Viper. Quinten Johnson: Khaleke physically, top 10 SPARQ, got a Bama camp offer, can't believe he's not a 5-star of the year. CT: Michigan thinks he's a 4-star. D.J. Turner transferring to IMG (another top SPARQ score) star ranking doesn't match those offers—one of M's top corners in the class, like Gemon Green. Mazi's big.

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  • “Future People”—Alabama Shakes
  • “Soul and Cigarette”—Daniele Luppi & Parquet Corps
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoPodcast 9.Supplemental: Abdul El-Sayed

June 28, 2018

Wherein we interview Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed. This podcast is not and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. When a former Michigan athlete (lacrosse before it went varsity) is running for governor and reads the site and asks to come on the podcast we say "Okay, but we're not lobbing softballs".

Abdul did this whole interview without any notes and was very engaged in the toughest questions we could throw at him, so a lot of this interview went off anyone's idea of a script and got into some granular back-and-forth on complicated issues and events. That makes it hard to write up—what do you leave out?—so I'm going to present MGoBlog's questions below and you can get Abdul's answers by listening to the podcast.

Things discussed:

  • Abdul's incredibly depressing Wikipedia page. How offering to serve got him thrown into a commission to run the Detroit Health Department after the emergency manager had shut it down. What did he do there?
  • (at 7:30) Flint Water Crisis: What's the DEQ gotta do now? If the "money's there" where is it, how much will it cost? Could it have been faster? Will anyone believe them when they say the water's clean? What's Flint fatigue? How were the measurements made?
  • (at 12:20) Lead Abatement Report: After Flint stuff his report on lead poisoning was changed? By whom? What level of lead is "safe"? How to operate a bureaucracy, setting culture of serving the public versus "closing the ticket."
  • (at 18:20) Single-payer "MichCare" plan? How does it control costs, what's the upfront investment and transition costs, how does it compare to other plans? What are the incentives in the system and how do you change that?
  • (at 23:20) Vis a vis recent Supreme Court decisions and a White House that would have substantially different views on, uh, civics: What is under the scope of a governor? Specifically would he as governor use state resources to support ICE and enforce federal immigration policy and political incarceration he doesn't agree with?
  • (at 27:54) Brian's YIMBY hour: How do you address the relationship between housing and property assessments caught in an impossible Proposition A situation between rate of housing prices and rate of inflation? How do you decide the mils? How often do you do it? Note: on this question Abdul primarily addressed over-assessment that was leading to tax foreclosures in communities adjacent to gentrification, and education funding, while Brian was asking more about the Ann Arbor housing crisis (where nobody can sell their home). Brian recommends City Observatory dot org. Also SightLine.
  • (at 35:31) Education: School of Choice effect on school districts in lower income communities. Promulgation of charter schools? Funding of charter schools?
  • (at 37:30) Lightning Round: Regents for Michigan State: can we get two D's who didn't go to Michigan State? Ballot proposal to legalize marijuana? Ballot proposal against partisan redistricting? Plan to reduce the cost of a college education? Favorite Michigan athlete of the last 15 years?

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"Across 110th Street"
"Where No Man Has Gone Before" Alexander Courage

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Not Just a Shooter 1.6: Bryan Colangelo’s Burner Podcast

May 31, 2018

Apparently he gets shirts custom-tailored with larger than normal collars, which is kinda weird I guess. Not as weird as operating a bunch of burner accounts as a pretty public person.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS RECAP

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LeBron is very good. The rest of the Cavs aren’t, especially when Kevin Love is concussed, but that didn’t quite make the difference against a Boston team that would’ve won this series handily if they had their two best players. Alas.

EAST POSTMORTEMS AND OH MY LORD WHAT ARE YOU DOING BRYAN COLANGELO

starts at 10:53

Did we talk about the Bryan Colangelo burner account mess for longer than we previewed the NBA Finals last episode? Maybe. Before that, we discuss Boston’s very bright future and give the Raptors all the time they deserve.

MICHIGAN BASKETBALL STUFF

starts at 40:34

It was a good day.

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  • “Grindin’”—Clips
  • “Boss Life (ft. Nate Dogg)”—Snoop Dogg
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Not Just a Shooter 1.5: P.J. Tucker’s Triple Root Canal

May 31, 2018

Part-way through it you start hearing the home crowd just dying with every shot. This was very audible pain that I think everybody was going through. Then they cut the camera to Chris Paul.

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1. WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS RECAP

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Houston would’ve won. Then Chris Paul’s hamstring failed him and the inevitable Golden State onslaught came. Also, it probably would’ve been good not to have a historically bad shooting performance in Game 7.

2. FINALS PREVIEW

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It’ll be compelling to watch LeBron face a Sisyphean task. Golden State, unfortunately, wins every other matchup on the floor. Your hosts have a heated debate over whether the Cavs win one or zero games.

3. ROCKETS POSTMORTEM

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A lot of possibilities, including LeBron. One very bad Ryan Anderson contract getting in the way of a superteam, though.

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  • “It’s All Over (But the Crying)”—Lee Fields
  • “Vertigo”—The Libertines
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Not Just a Shooter 1.4: Steph Curry’s Injury Podcast

May 23, 2018

Still not bitter.

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1. HOUSTON-GOLDEN STATE: THIS SERIES IS TERRIBLE BASKETBALL IS RUINED FOREVER WARRIORS IN FI—OH.

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Alex loses and regains his Michigan card. We can talk about Game 4, or we could talk about the 2004 Detroit Pistons! Eh? Eh? Ben Wallace? Eh? Okay, let’s talk about the most insane basketball game we’ve ever seen. When we talk about Isolation ball it’s still always coming after a screen—it’s a matchup game. One team has Durant.

2. POSTMORTEMS

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We discuss the future of the (now long-demised) Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans, two teams with bright futures and one or two major summer decisions ahead. We are not bitter about Donovan Mitchell. We are not bitter about Donovan Mitchell. We are not bitter about Donovan Mitchell.

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  • “Feelin Frisky”—Syl Johnson
  • “Across 110th Street”

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Not Just a Shooter 1.3: Give Up on Carmelo Anthony

May 3, 2018

Not the nicest nickname in the world, but when Marcus Camby gives you a nickname you say ‘Thank you, Mr. Camby.’ So yeah, he’s the Hobbit.

 

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1. THE EAST

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TORONTO-CLEVELAND: LeBron LeBron’d, the Raptors deflated, and Drake made a very ill-advised life choice.

BOSTON-PHILADELPHIA: This is not the Terry Rozier who played at Louisville. Boston a big step up in defense for Philly and it showed in Game 1. Sixers can still win this if they adjust and get more threes from Redick and Belinelli.

2. THE WEST

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HOUSTON-UTAH: Game 1 was the first Utah loss of the year in which they shot 50%+ from the field because James Harden, Chris Paul, and Clint Capela went off. The Jazz fought back to steal a game on the road with Donovan Mitchell running the point and Joe Ingles making everything. Someone should really guard Joe Ingles.

GOLDEN STATE-NEW ORLEANS: Is basically over already. Anthony Davis is fun, though.

NICKNAME QUIZ: Ace mostly stumps Alex, accidentally gives away an answer.

3. POSTMORTEMS

starts at 48:26

 

OKLAHOMA CITY: Unless something very unexpected happens with Paul George, this looks like the end of any hope for OKC to win a title in the era of three MVPs in three draft classes. Melo is so, so washed, also lacks self-awareness.

INDIANA: Everybody comes back. Is Dipo a true franchise player? Ace thinks so, Alex is a little more skeptical. Big question going forward is what to do with young, raw center Myles Turner.

MILWAUKEE: Have they fired Joe Prunty yet? Anyway, this team is mostly locked into a mediocre roster and will go as far as Giannis can take them, though better coaching, especially on defense, could unlock greater potential.

WASHINGTON: Absolutely cap-boned. Poor man’s Grizzliesdom awaits.

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  • “Resurrection (Paper, Paper)”—Bone Thugs N Harmony
  • “Super Hyphy”—Keak Da Sneak
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